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Air Force races into NASCAR season at Daytona

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  • By Maj. Sean McKenna
  • Air Force Recruiting Service Public Affairs
The Air Force enters its eighth year of sponsorship in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series when its No. 21 car begins the 2008 season Feb. 9 at the Budweiser Shootout at Daytona International Speedway, Fla.

The Air Force is both a primary and associate sponsor of the No. 21 car, which is owned by Wood Brothers Racing Organization. As a primary sponsor, the car will feature the Air Force paint scheme in nine of 38 NASCAR races this season, beginning with the Budweiser Shootout. Other races include Las Vegas on March 2; Concord, N.C., on May 25; Dover, Del., on June 1; Pocono, Pa., on June 8; Daytona on July 5; Richmond, Va., on Sept. 6; Martinsville, Va., on Oct. 19; and Atlanta on Oct. 26.

Jon Wood will drive the Ford Fusion in all but one of nine races the Air Force is the primary sponsor. Veteran driver Bill Elliott, the 1988 NASCAR champion and two-time winner of the Daytona 500, will race the Air Force No. 21 car during the Budweiser Shootout.

Air Force Recruiting Service, which oversees the sponsorship and marketing of the Air Force No. 21 car, sees the association with Wood Brothers Racing as a great opportunity to reach racing fans and for Americans to learn more about the Air Force.

"The Air Force recruits the nation's best and brightest to fill its highly skilled and technical jobs, and NASCAR has always been a great place to find people who are interested in what the Air Force has to offer," said Capt. Homero Martinez, AFRS chief of event marketing. "We are excited to start a new racing season."
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